Blackfriars Bobby, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who purportedly lived during the 19th century in Edinburgh, Scotland The romantic story of the animal may be apocryphal as it is impossible to validate.

Statue of Greyfriars Bobby, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh.

In essence, the story is that Bobby belonged to a Edinburgh night-watchman named John Gray who died in 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard whereafter Bobby spent the next 14 years sitting on his deceased master’s grave. Bobby is reported to have died on January 14th 1872.

The story gained momentum culminating in Lady Burdett-Coutts financing the erection of a fountain and statue of the dog at the southern end of George V Bridge, near the National Museum of Scotland, where it remains as a popular visitor attraction.

Close to the statue is a pub named after the dog. Greyfriars Kirk (Church) is a  short walk away.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland.